Zebra Bundt Cake

I love zebra cakes, but I love a zebra bundt cake more. It just seems like less work. No need to cut layers and the frosting is a simple chocolate glaze. However you like or decide to carve your zebra cake, a zebra styling of any sort is pretty much a guaranteed no-fail dress to impress dessert. I’ve added a step-by-step picture panel for a visual on how to make a zebra cake.

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Zebra Bundt Cake

Okay, so my striping is not even close to being perfect like what you see here. But I used a thicker batter, so layering the batter with a spoon proved to be a little bit of a challenge. A quarter of the way through, I switched to a small ice cream scoop and it was so much easier.

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For this zebra bundt cake I used a marble poundcake recipe from Tish Boyle’s The Cake Book, while good, I found it wasn’t as moist as I generally like my pound cake. To be fair, I did adapt the recipe by melting the butter instead of creaming of it. Along with that, the original recipe calls for a marbling the pound cake, so I’m not sure if the extra time it took to make it a zebra bundt cake effected the end results in terms of moisture. Aside from those two things, I kept to the recipe and didn’t change anything else.

A few notes:

  • To layer the pound cake for the zebra effect use a an ice cream scoop with a release lever for easy handling.
  • Cake can be made one day ahead and kept tightly wrapped on the counter.

Zebra Bundt Cake

(adapted from Tish Boyle, The Cake Book)
Makes 1 10 inch cake. | Preparation: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover bundt pan with bake spray and dust with flour.

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  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ cups granulated sugar, divided
  • ½ cup natural (not Dutch-processed) cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs
  • ½ cup whole milk


  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream

To make cake

  1. Sift flour baking powder and salt into a bowl; set aside.
  2. In a separate medium size bowl add in ½ cup of sugar, the cocoa powder, and water then whisk until mixture is smooth; set aside.
  3. Place melted butter and sugar in a stand mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium high until mixture is blended, about 1 minute. Add in vanilla and beat until combined. Add and beat eggs one at time, mixing well after each addition. Once all eggs are added, beat mixture until it becomes light and fluffy (it will resemble pancake batter, but slightly thinner).
  4. Turn mixer speed down to low and add the flour in three additions, alternating with the milk in two additions and mixing just until blended.
    Add 2 cups of the batter to the cocoa mixture and stir until blended.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop, pour two scoops of vanilla mixture into pan. Now alternate and pour one scoop of chocolate mixture on top of vanilla mixture. Continue to alternate between vanilla and chocolate layers until bundt pan is filled.
  6. Bake zebra pound cake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees F or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto the rack and cool completely.

To make glaze

  1. Place chocolate and cream in a pan over low heat and stir until chocolate is melted. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes before using.


  1. Pour the glaze on top and let glaze set, about 30 minutes. Slice and serve.

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  1. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJulee says

    I am going to try to make this gluten free, I think I can do it!

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      Brooke At Love's Gumbo replied: — March 9th, 2014 @ 6:56 pm

      @Julee, I am thinking the same thing. I’m gonna try it with my high-protein, high fiber flour mix. Fingers crossed.

  2. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    This is absolutely beautiful and presents so many opportunities for layering different colors! I wish I would have had this for my bridal shower so I could have done a blue & green one! Thank you for sharing! Pinning now!

  3. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    The tutorial picture montage is a thing of true beauty. All of you photos are delicious but the series of 4 is the definite, “Oh ya! I have to make this cake!” push that I always appreciate from a great post. Thanks!

  4. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    I had no idea what a zebra cake was until I read your post. This is definitely something I want to try out. What size ice cream scoop did you use?

  5. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonBrian @ A Thought For Food says

    I’m in love with those step by step tutorial pics. Seriously fabulous!

  6. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJesica @ Pencil Kitchen says

    wow, such simple methods to get such a beautiful cake! Will surely try this method out! with other colors!

  7. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    This bundt cake is tremendous – and I’m in awe of the perfect swirl. I’ve never attempted this, but now I might have the courage to try, so thank you :) I am featuring this post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It’s a pleasure to be following your creations…

  8. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Lovely ! beautiful pictures as always :) My kids love this, though I never made a bundt version before. Bookmarking this,will def try sometime,thanks

  9. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonMadelyn says

    If I wanted to make the vanilla batter a peanut butter batter how would it turn out adding a cup of creamy peanut butter?

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      Naomi replied: — May 4th, 2012 @ 4:41 am

      Hi Madelyn- I’m not sure. But it sounds like a great idea, so come back and let us know when you do make it. My only thought is I would try melting the peanut butter with the butter so it keeps the batter density close to one another or one will bake faster than the other.

  10. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    this looks fantastic! I’ve made a zebra cake before, but in a round pan and didn’t come out looking as nice. I should give your recipe a try.

  11. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    This looks so beautiful! I’m going to attempt this the next time it’s my turn to bake for the team. Thanks for the tips about layering!

  12. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonMay says

    I made this cake yesterday and it turned out beautifully. Tastes great too! However, afer slicing the whole cake, I realized I forgot to make the glaze. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  13. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonEsther says

    Easy & delicious. My cake came out more like a giraffe than a zebra design, but it was still great!

    Dont’t forget to add in the baking powder & sugar. The recepie does not say when to add these in.